Monday, October 17, 2016

Its my Dear Sister's Birthday! I am 6 years older & she is my best friend. She lives on the other side of the country though.
Need to keep using the editing software on PC so I can stay in shape.
Moon is waning after its huge-ness.
Dog walking in moonlight.
Book Character Day next week. I am going to be a starry sky. There are plenty of starry skies in children's stories.

Sunday, October 16, 2016




















A year ago I kept a journal from Autumn Equinox to Winter Solstice. It was a fun departure from a 365 page beast (which I do LOVE). I have been reading those entries as I finish each current entry; keeping an eye on my life from a year ago.
I adore this time of the year. I adore Halloween but being the person I am, I rarely have a fun time on Halloween. Making spooky pages for the month of October is my gratifying way of celebrating days.
Celebrating Days. 



















Have such a glorious time making these journals:

  1. Covers are collage, each set of front & back are made together. I use transparency overlay for layers of visual dee-light
  2. Interior pages are a mish-mash of various papers & perhaps a pocket or envelope to store collections
  3. Spiral bind allows book to lay flat for maximum use
  4. Each is unique
Had to re-teach myself lots of skills to get this photo to my PC. I guess that's good. I do tend to get a little pissy.
I need to find a market & thought I might like to try various book festivals. Will be begin that research.
I LOVE BOOK FESTIVALS!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

So there are times when I tell myself stories to strengthen my days. This is the story of my Heart Guard. He can defend & protect when I am most vulnerable. Sometimes he has to carry around my heart in that sheep skin bundle. These stories fortify me. They are pages in my daily journal.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Journal Cover Wednesday & Preserved Lemons

This is a cover on good old chipboard that I scored for free when all teachers got packets encased in chipboard. I asked everyone for theirs & they were so generous. I have quite a large supply.
What is it that makes materials gleaned in this way extra special? I love the word "Glean". There was a brilliant French movie about "Gleaners". Les Glaneurs et la Glaneuse, 2000.

I preserved lemons in salt & let them brew for 3 weeks. Finally used them last evening in Moraccan Chicken with Olives. What a taste sensation! Totally new!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Journal Cover 3

I broke down & bought new accessories for journal covers. Tim Holtz makes stuff I don't mind using like the arrow spinner on this cover. I also bought some of his tissue music note tape which you see on the back cover. Its fun!
I am timid about pain. Its been a constant in my life since 2008. There have been brief interludes of absence of pain & for that I am grateful. At this point I have very little pain having taken care of those things that were the cause. So when I feel pain I over react & become on the edge of terror. Its important to remember I will be okay.
I saw that movie about Roger Ebert, Life Itself, & didn't like it. I couldn't help thinking, "whats the point of such life extension?" It was too painful to watch. Valiant? I'm not sure. Not for me I guess.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Swings Journal Cover

Standing on the swing pumping like crazy to go higher, higher. It felt a little dangerous. How curious at 63 I can still imagine that little stomach jump & the rush of wind as I fly down backward after the up-swing.
Left is cover, right is back.
I have a lot of stamps & sorted them by color into a stamp collector's notebook. It is a delicious thing!
Tracing out fish today on painted plywood. Getting ready for the mosaic re-visitation. I'll let you know how it goes.
I am excited!